12 Crowd-Pleasing Gifts for Anyone on Your List

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We all know those people who are difficult to shop for—either they’re extremely picky or they just don’t give you any clues about what they want. If you have one of those enigmas on your holiday gift list this year, we’ve got you covered. These 12 crowd-pleasing gifts will suit just about anyone.

1. Hydro Flask Stainless Steel Sports Water Bottle, 21-Ounce; $36

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Hydro Flasks aren’t only trendy, they’re sturdy and environmentally friendly. Plus, they keep hot drinks warm and icy drinks cool for an absurdly long amount of time. The 21-ounce bottle is currently available in five colors: black, pacific, olive, spearmint, and watermelon.

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2. Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones; $48

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These wireless Bluetooth headphones incorporate noise-canceling technology so you can both listen and speak with minimal background noise. According to the manufacturer, they can last about seven hours on a full charge (28 hours if you use the included charging case).

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3. Wool Knit Socks, Pack of Five; $13

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Socks may have been a cause for groans when you unwrapped them as a kid, but as an adult, you’ve probably come to appreciate the value of a practical gift. These cozy knit socks come in a pack of five vibrant colors. Plus, they’re packaged in a nice box to make gift wrapping easy.

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4. Holiday Chocolate Gift Basket; $33

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Sugary snacks of all kinds are a staple during the holiday season. This gift basket—full of treats like yogurt peppermint pretzels, honey roasted peanuts, and chocolate candy cane cups—keeps with the theme at an affordable $33 price. All items come individually wrapped in order to maintain freshness (and hygiene).

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5. Electric Toothbrush Kit; $85

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Of course, anyone on your gift list will appreciate a new toothbrush after eating all that sugar. This high-tech toothbrush comes equipped with three different vibration settings (normal, sensitive, or deep clean) and an app that helps you track your brushing pattern so you can be sure you’re reaching all parts of your teeth.

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6. Electric Mug Warmer; $40

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This portable mug warmer keeps coffee, tea, or other hot beverages at the ideal temperature all day—making it a perfect gift for the coworker or friend who nurses a drink for hours at a time. While it’s possible to use the warmer with a ceramic mug, it works best with the included stainless steel cup.

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7. Enameled Cast-Iron Dutch Oven; $60

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Dutch ovens are the original multi-purpose cooking tools. They’re extremely versatile—you can use them on the stove, in the oven, or even over a campfire, which makes them perfect for cooking everything from casseroles to bread. (There’s even an annual Dutch oven championship cook-off hosted in Salt Lake City, Utah.) This sturdy Dutch oven pot comes in eight different colors and is heat-safe at up to 400°F.

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8. Echo Show; $105

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Like the Amazon Echo and the Echo Dot, the Echo Show uses the voice-controlled power of Alexa to make it easier for you to play music, schedule appointments, or control other Wi-Fi-connected devices. Plus, the screen gives it a few additional features—you can watch television, make video calls, and follow along with recipes, all from one device.

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9. Queen-Size Weighted Blanket; $41

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Weighted blankets are sometimes touted as cures for anxiety and insomnia. But while such claims are tenuous at best, there’s still something comforting about feeling swaddled by an enormous heavy blanket. This model includes a layer of high density glass beads to supply its extra weight—a full 15 pounds (6.8 kilograms)!

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10. Click and Grow Smart Garden; $100

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This handy garden makes it easy to grow herbs, vegetables, and flowers indoors, and it's even self-watering—just plug it in for about 8 hours a day so your plants can receive enough simulated sunlight. The starter kit comes with three basil seed pods, but you can buy more plant pods through Click and Grow’s Amazon store—or you can try your hand at starting your own seeds!

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11. Burt’s Bees Classic Gift Set; $19

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This six-item kit—which comes in its own tin—is like a spa in a box. Inside, you’ll find two large containers of hand lotion and foot cream, plus four smaller containers of lip balm, hand salve, cuticle cream, and Burt’s Bees’s trademark Res-Q Ointment (a balm that’s intended to soothe irritated or dry skin).

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12. Amazon e-Gift Card

If all else fails and you’re still stumped about what to get for your friend, family member, or co-worker, go with the tried-and-true classic: a gift card. You can even customize the e-card before your purchase to make things feel a touch more personal.

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10 Reusable Gifts for Your Eco-Friendliest Friend

Disposable tea bags can't compete with this pla-tea-pus and his friends.
Disposable tea bags can't compete with this pla-tea-pus and his friends.
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By this point, your eco-friendly pal probably has a reusable water bottle that accompanies them everywhere and some sturdy grocery totes that keep their plastic-bag count below par. Here are 10 other sustainable gift ideas that’ll help them in their conservation efforts.

1. Reusable Produce Bags; $13

No more staticky plastic bags.Naturally Sensible/Amazon

The complimentary plastic produce bags in grocery stores aren’t great, but neither is having all your spherical fruits and vegetables roll pell-mell down the checkout conveyor belt. Enter the perfect alternative: mesh bags that are nylon, lightweight, and even machine-washable.

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2. Animal Tea Infusers; $16

Nothing like afternoon tea with your tiny animal friends.DecorChic/Amazon

Saying goodbye to disposable tea bags calls for a quality tea diffuser, and there’s really no reason why it shouldn’t be shaped like an adorable animal. This “ParTEA Pack” includes a hippo, platypus, otter, cat, and owl, which can all hang over the edge of a glass or mug. (In other words, you won’t have to fish them out with your fingers or dirty a spoon when your loose leaf is done steeping.)

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3. Rocketbook Smart Notebook; $25

Typing your notes on a tablet or laptop might save trees, but it doesn’t quite capture the feeling of writing on paper with a regular pen. The Rocketbook, on the other hand, does. After you’re finished filling a page with sketches, musings, or whatever else, you scan it into the Rocketbook app with your smartphone, wipe it clean with the microfiber cloth, and start again. This one also comes with a compatible pen, but any PILOT FriXion pens will do.

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4. Food Huggers; $13

"I'm a hugger!"Food Huggers/Amazon

It’s hard to compete with the convenience of plastic wrap or tin foil when it comes to covering the exposed end of a piece of produce or an open tin can—and keeping those leftovers in food storage containers can take up valuable space in the fridge. This set of five silicone Food Huggers stretch to fit over a wide range of circular goods, from a lidless jar to half a lemon.

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5. Swiffer Mop Pads; $15

For floors that'll shine like the top of the Chrysler Building.Turbo Microfiber/Amazon

Swiffers may be much less unwieldy than regular mops, but the disposable pads present a problem to anyone who likes to keep their trash output to a minimum. These machine-washable pads fasten to the bottom of any Swiffer WetJet, and the thick microfiber will trap dirt and dust instead of pushing it into corners. Each pad lasts for at least 100 uses, so you’d be saving your eco-friendly friend quite a bit of money, too.

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6. SodaStream for Sparkling Water; $69

A fondness for fizzy over flat water doesn’t have to mean buying it bottled. Not only does the SodaStream let you make seltzer at home, but it’s also small enough that it won’t take up too much precious counter space. SodaStream also sells flavor drops to give your home-brewed beverage even more flair—this pack from Amazon ($25) includes mango, orange, raspberry, lemon, and lime.

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7. Washable Lint Roller; $13

Roller dirty.iLifeTech/Amazon

There’s a good chance that anyone with a pet (or just an intense dislike for lint) has lint-rolled their way through countless sticky sheets. iLifeTech’s reusable roller boasts “the power of glue,” which doesn’t wear off even after you’ve washed it. Each one also comes with a 3-inch travel-sized version, so you can stay fuzz-free on the go.

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8. Countertop Compost Bin; $23

Like a tiny Tin Man for your table.Epica/Amazon

Even if you keep a compost pile in your own backyard, it doesn’t make sense to dash outside every time you need to dump a food scrap. A countertop compost bin can come in handy, especially if it kills odors and blends in with your decor. This 1.3-gallon pail does both. It’s made of stainless steel—which matches just about everything—and contains an activated-charcoal filter that prevents rancid peels and juices from stinking up your kitchen.

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9. Fabric-Softening Dryer Balls; $17

Also great for learning how to juggle without breaking anything.Smart Sheep

Nobody likes starchy, scratchy clothes, but some people might like blowing through bottles of fabric softener and boxes of dryer sheets even less. Smart Sheep is here to offer a solution: wool dryer balls. Not only do they last for more than 1000 loads, they also dry your laundry faster. And since they don’t contain any chemicals, fragrances, or synthetic materials, they’re a doubly great option for people with allergies and/or sensitive skin.

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10. Rechargeable Batteries; $40

Say goodbye to loose batteries in your junk drawer.eneloop/Amazon

While plenty of devices are rechargeable themselves, others still require batteries to buzz, whir, and change the TV channel—so it’s good to have some rechargeable batteries on hand. In addition to AA batteries, AAA batteries, and a charger, this case from Panasonic comes with tiny canisters that function as C and D batteries when you slip the smaller batteries into them.

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The 10 Best Holiday Gifts $25 and Under

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Whether you're shopping on a budget or looking for gifts for the person in your life who's halfway between acquaintance and friend, this list of great presents for small prices should do the trick. Fun and silly, thoughtful and serious, useful and frivolous, this group of gifts is filled with old favorites and new delights. Fair warning: You may end up buying two of whatever you pick.

1. Anker Power Bank; $22

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Need a little extra boost? Tired of looking down at the Low Power Mode warning? This incredibly light on-the-go charger is a tiny powerhouse that will keep your phone at 100 percent and keep you from scrambling to find a wall outlet at the airport. It also comes with its own travel pouch and an 18-month warranty, but the cable is sold separately. It's a solid one-for-me-one-for-them gift.

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2. FYC Wool Socks; $13

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For the friend in your life with feet, consider these thick, stylish socks that evoke a vintage design while keeping toes toasty (and sweat-free). They're made of a blend of cotton, wool, and polyester, so you get the best of all worlds: comfortable, warm, and breathable. Plus, they're versatile enough to go with pajamas, your hiking gear, or Zoom-ready business casual.

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3. Zulay Kitchen Stovetop Espresso Maker; $17

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This sturdy, classic brewer is perfect for the person in your life who is interested in upping their cup game. It's simple and sleek, but it also comes with a pressure valve (couldn't we all use one?) to boost caffeine extraction, and the design allows for espresso, crema, foam emulsions, and more. Best of all, clean up is easy, so you don't have to worry about grimy boiled bean build-up.

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4. Meriwool Beanie; $21

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Need a great gift that everyone can appreciate? No sweat! Meriwool's wool beanie comes in nine different colors and will look great on anyone hoping for something soft to hug their cranium. Made with 100 percent all natural superfine 18.5-micron Merino wool, it's not a head-scratcher, and the material is naturally moisture-wicking.

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5. Bob Ross Coloring Book; $7

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No one is going to judge you for using paintbrushes on this coloring book. Or crayons, markers, pencils, or your fingers. The beauty of this official coloring book celebrating the art of American icon Bob Ross is that it gives you a rough image to project your own designs on. It's far from paint-by-numbers, and it'll be a welcomed gift for anyone in your life who needs to destress with a little creativity.

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6. Jim from The Office Funko; $9

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Six days since our last nonsense seems ambitious, but fans of the hit workplace comedy will appreciate having an adorable version of Jim Halpert to sardonically stare at them from behind their keyboard. Naturally, there's also figures of Michael, Pam, Dwight, and the whole Office gang in case you've got someone with a growing collection on your list. Plus, there's always the rabbit hole of Funkos that should satisfy fans of everything from Anime to Zombie flicks.

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7. The Godfather Family Album; $25

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It's almost criminal that this book is so inexpensive. This 512-page hardcover gem showcases Steve Shapiro's iconic on-set photography of the immortalized mob film. Striking, unique images of Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, and the rest of the cast of The Godfather sit alongside the sharp film writing of historian Paul Duncan, making this a definitive tome that belongs on every fan's coffee table.

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8. Star wars The Child Monopoly; $20

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There are hundreds of different versions of the classic game about buying rectangles and charging outrageous prices for landing on the wrong ones, but for those who are loving The Mandalorian, this version drops you right into the series' adventures. The only problem is that everyone will call dibs on the Hoverpram piece. This is the way.

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9. British Chocolate Bar Selection; $20

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Give someone the ability to travel to Britain from the comfort of wherever they can unwrap a wrapper. Crunchie, Bounty, and Fry's Peppermint Cream are just a few of the offerings in this Global Treats pack that can remind someone of home or share a piece of the UK with your favorite anglophile. Don't worry—no fun size here. They're all full size and delicious.

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10. Stanley travel mug; $25

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Stanley has over a hundred years of quality craftsmanship under its toolbelt. This sturdy, cup-holder-ready mug benefits from that experience and boasts double-wall vacuum insulation to keep piping coffee hot for seven hours and chilly lemonade cold for up to 10. Toss in some ice cubes, and whatever you're sipping stays cold for up to 30! It comes with a trigger action lid for one-handed, leak-proof use, making it perfect for the exercise bike or the office. Everyone could use another way of transporting their drink of choice, and this might just replace what they've already got.

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